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CULTURE LOVERS Emporia boasts a thriving Hispanic community, and from food to festivals, they have left a wonderful mark on Emporia. Bring the family downtown for authentic food, music, dancing, and a beer garden at the annual Cinco de Mayo Block Party. Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff Extravaganza in Kellogg Circle on the ESU Campus and get treated to Hispanic foods, regional music and folkloric dancers.


Specializing in Mexican sweetbreads and sandwich rolls, Panaderia Progresso (602 E. 6th Ave.) is a delight. Try sweet or savory breads, conchas, and empanadas, or just visit for the smell of their fresh baked goods. El Marmol (713 W. South Ave.) is a local favorite that is off the beaten path. Serving up authentic Mexican food, El Marmol is a


true south-of-the-border experience.

As the birthplace of Maud

El Toro (602 E 6th Ave.) delivers big flavors in their authentic

Wagner, the first known female tattoo artist, Emporia has been on the forefront of culture since the beginning. Maud’s legacy is being kept alive at Maud’s Tattoo Company (720 Commercial St.) and this trend setter has been honored by having a wine named for her at Twin Rivers Winery (627 Commercial St.).

Although the restaurant may be a small and quaint, Tortas tacos, burritos and tortas.


We celebrate our diversity in Emporia. Russian ballets, Celtic music, poetry slams and live painting are just a small sampling of the many events that happen throughout the city. Plan your visit around the events you want to attend by going to Celebrate the luck of the Irish at the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Explore downtown for themed events and specials. October is full of events, from the Historic Haunted Tours and Downtown Trick-or-Treating to the Oktobierfest Pub Crawl and Oktobeardfest, a charity beard and mustache event. Join in on the fun for Dia de los Muertos. Festivities include a Parade of the Living Dead, and a street party with food trucks, movies and more.


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